Sex Abuse Clergy Files
The files concern those priests named in the litigation that settled in 2007. Pursuant to the settlement agreement between victims and the Archdiocese, retired Federal Judge Dickran Tevrizian ordered files released subject to the redaction of the names of victims, third parties and church hierarchy.
Judge Emilie Elias then adopted the Judge Tevrizian order, the names of the church hierarchy generally be disclosed in the files, restored names of church hierarchy in the documents being released.
124 files are being released with names, 82 files have information on allegations of childhood sexual abuse and 42 files have no information on allegations of childhood sexual abuse but, the "proffers" are being provided; summaries of personnel files, prepared for litigation that describe some of the documents in that file. There are certain priests against whom charges were never substantiated. In those instances, the Court ordered their identities protected.
Remember, these only reflect cases where 1) there was an allegation, which 2) was substantiated. There are statements included here by certain individuals involved intended to give the impression that the "problem is solved." Have all in that area been brought to justice somehow? Many more may be feared exist which are simply not revealed yet, and may now never be revealed, or which for obvious reasons simply cannot be knowable to anyone but the victim.
Sober reflection (and in some cases experience) may lead one to the conclusion that this is but the tip of one iceberg, among many more icebergs.
How many more?
All these files have been released to the public and are publicly viewable.
Why did this happen?
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